School of Frock! (12 hrs)

Make a summer dress of your choice for special times or sunny days!
A 12 hour intensive over 3 sessions for advanced beginners through to more experienced sewists. You will make a dress that fits using a sewing pattern suited to your skill level and taste.
For Those About to Frock….. We Support You!

Session 1 Friday  6.30pm – 8.30pm: Two hours taken by sewing school founder Gaye Naismith
This is an optional session for students who require help with preparing their pattern ready to start sewing in Session Two. Students who are already experienced in the below steps may do their preparation at home if they prefer.

It will include:
-taking measurements and checking against garment measurements to determine the size you will make
– tracing your selected size off a multi size pattern
–  correct and most efficient ways of laying out your pattern pieces on the fabric using the principles of straight grain.
– cutting out your pieces and transferring symbols from the pattern pieces to the fabric. Cutting and applying necessary interfacing.

Sessions Two and Three  11am – 4.30:
5 hours each session plus 30mins lunch break. Taken by costumier and regular Gaye Abandon teacher Zoe Gymer-Waldron
In these two sessions you will work through the instructions detailed in your sewing pattern to construct your garment.

Zoe will guide you though the steps on your instruction sheet, teach you the techniques required by your design, and assist you with any fitting challenges.
Depending on your chosen project, skills and techniques you may learn include:
Inserting dress zippers – Invisible or standard
Making darts
Setting in sleeves
Attaching facings, bindings, bodice and skirt panels,
Buttonholes, hemming and hand finishing techniques.
Adding in-seam and other kinds of pockets

Skill level:  For advanced beginners  through to more experienced sewists. You will be at a level where you can confidently make simple garments on a sewing machine,  using a commercial sewing pattern. Men are most welcome to attend. We will adjust the project to suit (ie. if you don’t want to make a frock for a lady friend you can sew a shirt for yourself)!

We will provide: Sewing machines and all other equipment, beverages, handout notes and invaluable tuition on sewing techniques!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine if you would prefer to use on that instead. Pins and tracing material. A sewing pattern suited to your skill level you can complete within the 12 hour intensive. Fabric suited to your pattern. Your teacher can advise you on pattern and fabric choices before the intensive commences.

Where: The Gaye Abandon Workroom, 122 Buckley St, Footscray.

When: Friday 25th Jan 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 26th January 11am – 4.30 (including 30min lunch break)
Sunday 27th January 11am – 4.30 (including 30min lunch break).

Getting here: We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray.
3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. Street parking out front. See Contact Page for a map

Please familiarise yourself with our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information

Make a summer dress of your choice for special times or sunny days!
A 12 hour intensive over 3 sessions for advanced beginners through to more experienced sewists. You will make a dress that fits using a sewing pattern suited to your skill level and taste.
For Those About to Frock….. We Support You!

Session 1 Friday  6.30pm – 8.30pm: Two hours taken by sewing school founder Gaye Naismith
This is an optional session for students who require help with preparing their pattern ready to start sewing in Session Two. Students who are already experienced in the below steps may do their preparation at home if they prefer.

It will include:
-taking measurements and checking against garment measurements to determine the size you will make
– tracing your selected size off a multi size pattern
–  correct and most efficient ways of laying out your pattern pieces on the fabric using the principles of straight grain.
– cutting out your pieces and transferring symbols from the pattern pieces to the fabric. Cutting and applying necessary interfacing.

Sessions Two and Three  11am – 4.30:
5 hours each session plus 30mins lunch break. Taken by costumier and regular Gaye Abandon teacher Zoe Gymer-Waldron
In these two sessions you will work through the instructions detailed in your sewing pattern to construct your garment.

Zoe will guide you though the steps on your instruction sheet, teach you the techniques required by your design, and assist you with any fitting challenges.
Depending on your chosen project, skills and techniques you may learn include:
Inserting dress zippers – Invisible or standard
Making darts
Setting in sleeves
Attaching facings, bindings, bodice and skirt panels,
Buttonholes, hemming and hand finishing techniques.
Adding in-seam and other kinds of pockets

Skill level:  For advanced beginners  through to more experienced sewists. You will be at a level where you can confidently make simple garments on a sewing machine,  using a commercial sewing pattern. Men are most welcome to attend. We will adjust the project to suit (ie. if you don’t want to make a frock for a lady friend you can sew a shirt for yourself)!

We will provide: Sewing machines and all other equipment, beverages, handout notes and invaluable tuition on sewing techniques!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine if you would prefer to use on that instead. Pins and tracing material. A sewing pattern suited to your skill level you can complete within the 12 hour intensive. Fabric suited to your pattern. Your teacher can advise you on pattern and fabric choices before the intensive commences.

Where: The Gaye Abandon Workroom, 122 Buckley St, Footscray.

When: Friday 25th Jan 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 26th January 11am – 4.30 (including 30min lunch break)
Sunday 27th January 11am – 4.30 (including 30min lunch break).

Getting here: We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray.
3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. Street parking out front. See Contact Page for a map

Please familiarise yourself with our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information